Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegon fame - Journal of Omnifarious
Sep. 14th, 2004
07:47 am - Garrison Keillor of Lake Wobegon fame
I'm really quite surprised that Garrison Keillor has managed to say something that I largely agree with politically.
My favorite quote:
Here in 2004, George W. Bush is running for reelection on a platform of tragedy—the single greatest failure of national defense in our history, the attacks of 9/11 in which 19 men with box cutters put this nation into a tailspin, a failure the details of which the White House fought to keep secret even as it ran the country into hock up to the hubcaps, thanks to generous tax cuts for the well-fixed, hoping to lead us into a box canyon of debt that will render government impotent, even as we engage in a war against a small country that was undertaken for the president’s personal satisfaction but sold to the American public on the basis of brazen misinformation, a war whose purpose is to distract us from an enormous transfer of wealth taking place in this country, flowing upward, and the deception is working beautifully.
As for the transfer of wealth part... Well, I suspect he and I would find much to disagree with if we explored that ground thoroughly, though I agree with the rough outlines of the statement as it applies to George W. Bush. The Iraq war seems to have made an excuse to give Bush's billionaire buddies fat contracts for rebuilding the place. Though I do not think that Bush started it for that reason. It's merely icing.
The thing that upsets me the most of the loss of freedom. I get the feeling that I am about to have a particularly vicious, unforgiving and uncompromising morality imposed on me by people who think I should buy into their belief system regardless of whether or not anything I do hurts them personally. That's not what the US is about. In fact, the very fact that that isn't what the US is about is a huge factor in our continued economic vitality.
I now feel largely like I'm in some crumbling empire that reaches out for more and more viciously draconian forms of control even as it's power to impose its whims on others wanes. That scares me. Especially as I feel that the process has only just begun and has a long way to go before the empire finally dies.
I actually feel that a radical change of leadership and perspective is needed to counter this. To me, the main choices seem to be these: First, a kind of casual and offhanded decadence where, like a doddering old fool, we simply assume that our place of eminence is still secure and assured. Second, the kind of bitter struggle that leads to words like decimate and holocaust becoming part of the common parlance.